2014 High Plains Book Awards Finalists Announced

For Immediate Release: June 6, 2014
Dee Ann Redman, Assistant Director
Billings Public Library
510 N Broadway – Billings, MT 59101

2014 High Plains Book Awards Finalists Announced
New High Plains LogoThirty-one books have been selected as finalists in ten categories for the eighth annual High Plains Book Awards. The finalist authors are from 12 states and three Canadian provinces including, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Montana, New Mexico, New York, South Dakota, Texas, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan. Twenty-one different publishers were represented in this year’s competition.
Two of the finalists are past High Plains Book Award winners. Sarah Klassen won  the 2008 Best Fiction award for her book, A Feast of Longing. Larry Watson received the 2007 Emeritus Award for his contribution to the literature of the High Plains.
Of the 31 finalists, nine are from Montana and ten are from Canada.  The number of Canadian finalist books is particularly fitting since the theme for the 2014 High Plains BookFest is “Border Crossing,” honoring books and writers from our northern neighbors.
The 2014 finalists include:
Fiction High and Inside – Russell Rowland; Let Him Go – Larry Watson; Songs of Willow Frost – Jamie Ford
Nonfiction – Rough Breaks: A Wyoming High Country Memoir – Laurie Wagner Buyer; Shooting Arrows and Slinging Mud – James E. Mueller; Traveling the Power Line: From the Mojave Desert to the Bay of Fundy – Julianne Couch
Poetry Grey Dog Big Sky – Sheryl Noethe; Saving Singletrees – Leo Dangel; To Love That Well: New and Selected Poems 1954-2013 – Robert Pack  
First Book The Last Good Halloween – Giano Cromley; Montana – Gwen Florio; Wounded – Barbara Joyce-Hawryluk
Woman Writer Clearwater – Kim McCullough; Meadowlark: A Novel – Dawn Wink; The Wittenbergs – Sarah Klassen; Wounded – Barbara Joyce-Hawryluk
Art & Photography Karl Bodmer’s America Revisited – W.R. Wood and R.M. Lindholm; North Dakota Unforgettable – Chuck Haney; A President in Yellowstone – Frank H. Goodyear III; This Place, These People – David Stark and Nancy Warner
Short Stories Cowboys and East Indians – Nina McConigley; Little Raw Souls – Steven Schwartz; You Haven’t Changed a Bit – Astrid Blodgett
Young Adult Book Black Helicopters – Blythe Woolston; The Ehrich Weisz Chronicles: Demon Gate – Marty Chan; The Throne – Beth Goobie
Children’s Book Baba’s Babushka: A Magical Ukrainian Wedding – Marion Mutala; Leaving Mr. Humphries – Alison Lohans; Who Pooped in the Cascades? – Gary D. Robson
Medicine and Science In the Shadow of the Sabertooth: A Renegade Naturalist Considers Global Warming, the First Americans, and the Terrible Beasts of the Pleistocene – Doug Peacock; Manitoba Butterflies: A Field Guide – Simon Hebert Allard
Over 125 books were nominated for the 2014 High Plains Book Awards. All the nominated books were read and evaluated by over 130 community volunteers in the first round of the selection process. The finalist books in each category will be judged by writers who have significant connections to the High Plains region, and who have published in the particular category he or she will judge.
The Billings Public Library Board established the High Plains Book Awards in 2006 to recognize regional authors and/or literary works that examine and reflect life on the High Plains including the states of Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, Colorado, and Kansas, and the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan.
Winners in each category will receive a $500 cash prize at the Awards Banquet on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at the Yellowstone Art Museum in Billings, Montana. Single tickets and tables may be purchased for the banquet by calling 256-0625. The Awards Banquet is a signature event of the Billings Public Library. More information can be found at highplainsbookawards.org.
The High Plains Book Awards Banquet is held in conjunction with the 2014 High Plains BookFest. Writer’s Voice director Corby Skinner is coordinating the readings and events for the High Plains BookFest. He can be contacted at corby@skinnerbenoit.com
Corby Skinner
622 No. 29th    Billings, MT  59101
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2014 High Plains Book Awards Finalists Announced

The YMCA Writer’s Voice and Billings Public Library present The Big Read True Grit: John Wayne Film Festival – March 2014

PRESS RELEASE: February 24, 2014
Contact: Corby Skinner 294-1620 Corbys@billingsymca.org
The YMCA Writer’s Voice and Billings Public Library present
The Big Read True Grit: John Wayne Film Festival – March 2014
In celebration of the Big Read and Charles Portis’s True Grit, the Library and YMCA are presenting a John Wayne film series. Films will be held in the Billings Public Library Community Room, 1:00pm, every Saturday in March! Films are free of charge with a discussion to follow.
March 1Red River(1948)
It’s mutiny on the cattle drive when hot-tempered trail boss Tom Dunson (Wayne) relentlessly brutalizes his drovers, causing his adopted son Matt Garth (Montgomery Clift) to intercede and take charge. Tom vows vengeance for Matt’s unpardonable offense, leading to the quintessential Western showdown. The movie was director Howard Hawks’ immortal sagebrush saga.
March 8The Searchers (1956)
After his entire family is viciously wiped out, hardened war veteran Ethan Edwards (Wayne) embarks on a long journey to find his only surviving niece, Debbie (Natalie Wood), who has been captured by hostile Comanche Indians. Stephen Spielberg called director John Ford’s richly scenic Western one of the greatest films of all time.
March 15How the West Was Won (1962)
Three generations of the adventurous Prescott family risk their lives to carve out a new existence on the American frontier. The film epic demanded the talents of three directors, including the master of Westerns, John Ford. The stellar cast includes John Wayne, Karl Malden, James Stewart, Debbie Reynolds, Gregory Peck and George Peppard.
March 22The Cowboys(1972)
Wayne plays Wil Andersen, an aging rancher who can’t find local cowboys to run his cattle drive. His solution is to hire schoolboys, who will be quickly forced to become men during a treacherous 400 mile cattle run from Montana to South Dakota. Join this odd group of cattle drivers as they brave the trail and face not only obstacles of nature, but also a group of cattle thieves.
March 29Rooster Cogburn (1975)
John Wayne returns as the irascible Rooster Cogburn in this entertaining sequel to True Grit. This time, Wayne gets saddled with prim Eula Goodnight (Katharine Hepburn), a minister’s daughter who’s more than a match for the cranky U.S. Marshal.
Sign up for a Big Read Book Discussion!
To register for one of these discussion groups and to receive a free copy of “True Grit,” call the Billings Public Library at 657-8258 or go to the 2nd Floor Service Desk.
Monday, March 3    7pm            Library, Castle Rock Jr High        Terra Beth Jochems  
Monday, March 3    7pm            Billing Public Library                   Bernie Quetchenbach
Tuesday, March 4   7pm            Rocky Mountain College Library  Bernard Rose  
Wed., March 5       7pm            Billings Public Library                  Kris Keup  
Wed., March 5       7pm            YMCA                                        Corby Skinner  
Thurs., March 6     7pm             Huntington Learning Center      Jennifer Quinn
Corby Skinner
The YMCA Writer’s Voice and Billings Public Library present The Big Read True Grit: John Wayne Film Festival – March 2014